Inventing Utopia, our  project about Dartington past and present played to almost full houses last year.  Read the Totnes Times review here.

And take a look at Caron Parke's short video, made right at the start of the project...


Below is a complete list of what we call ‘main’ productions, so it doesn’t include many small-scale productions, readings, etc, most of which have taken place in Bogan House, Totnes. Where the venue isn’t given, the production was in the Barn Theatre – this became a full-time cinema in 2013. Our long tradition of open-air Shakespeare in the Private Garden behind the Great Hall at Dartington ended in 2009, but we continue to use other outdoor spaces on the estate.

Follow the links for photos, programmes, etc... New content has been added recently for The Seagull, On The Razzle (including Caron Parke's out-takes video) Love and Fire, The Birthday Party and Twelfth Night.

Author

Director

Venue

2016

Ages of the Moon

Shepard

Tim McGill

Studio 31, Dartington Hall

Inventing Utopia

Stimson

Richard Clark

Studio 31, Dartington Hall

2015

The Seagull

Chekhov

Patrick Cooper

Studio 1, Dartington Hall

Hard Times

Dickens

Rich Lea

Studio 31, Dartington Hall

2014

Blithe Spirit

Coward

Mavis Jones

Ariel Centre, Totnes

The Wind in the Willows

Bennett

Richard Clark

Rose Garden, Dartington Hall

The Birthday Party

Pinter

Patrick Cooper

Studio 1, Dartington Hall

2013

Love and Fire

Stimson

Richard Clark

Ariel Centre, Totnes

The Tempest

Shakespeare

Gail Stark-Ordish

Rose Garden, Dartington Hall

On The Razzle

Stoppard

Ceni Wyatt

(Last production in the Barn!)

2012

Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare

Anthea Roberts

Rose Garden, Dartington Hall

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Albee

Camille Flaherty

2011

Macbeth

Shakespeare

Jeremy Balfour

Graveyard, Dartington Hall

Equus

Shaffer

Leon Winston

2010

Great Expectations

Dickens / Ormerod / Donnellan

Mavis Jones

Ariel Centre, Totnes

She Stoops to Conquer

Goldsmith

Richard Clark

Tiltyard, Dartington Hall

The Odd Couple (Female Version)

Simon

Juliet Harper

2009

Marat/Sade

Weiss

Rich Lea

Ariel Centre, Totnes

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare

Sarah Welsh

Private Garden

Humble Boy

Jones

Lesley Davis

2008

The Man Who

Sacks / Brook

Annie Bowie

Studio 30, Dartington

King John

Shakespeare

Jonathan Hales

Private Garden

The Recruiting Officer

Farquhar

John Parker

2007

Hamlet

Shakespeare

David Gent

St John's, Bridgetown

The Winter's Tale

Shakespeare

Lesley Davis

Private Garden

Habeas Corpus

Bennett

Mavis Jones

2006

The Crucible

Miller

Marilyn Chapman

St John's, Bridgetown

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare

Leon Winston

Private Garden

Hay Fever

Coward

Richard Clark

2005

Hobson's Choice

Brighouse

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare

Mavis Jones

Private Garden

Cold Comfort Farm

Gibbons

Brenda Loosemoore

2004

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Fo

Rich Lea

The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare

Ruth Bettesworth

Private Garden

The Importance of Being Earnest

Wilde

Mavis Jones

Follaton House, Totnes

Amadeus

Shaffer

Brian Lethbridge

2003

Accrington Pals

Whelan

Mavis Jones

The Rivals

Sheridan

Richard Clark

Private Garden

Under Milk Wood

Thomas

Leon Winston

2002

The Alchemist

Jonson

Charlie Lewis

Lark Rise

Thompson

Sarah Welsh

Totnes Castle

Henry IV Part One

Shakespeare

Leon Winston

Private Garden

Uncle Vanya

Chekhov

Malcolm Ross

2001

The Passion

Harrison

Sarah Welsh

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare

Mavis Jones

Private Garden

Our Town

Wilder

Peter Reeves

2000

A Chorus of Disapproval

Ayckbourn

Dewi Reynolds

Richard II

Shakespeare

Brian Lethbridge

Private Garden

Arcadia

Stoppard

Marilyn Chapman

1999

The Ruling Class

Barnes

John Parker

As You Like It

Shakespeare

Amanda Knott

Private Garden

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Brecht

Mavis Jones

1998

An Ideal Husband

Wilde

John Allen

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Shakespeare

Richard Clark

Private Garden

The Hired Man

Bragg / Goodall

Jill Bruley

1997

Our Country's Good

Wertenbaker

Mavis Jones

King Lear

Shakespeare

Annie Bowie

Private Garden

Dancing at Lughnasa

Friel

Joe McNulty

1996

Noises Off

Frayn

Dewi Reynolds

All's Well That Ends Well

Shakespeare

David Cottis

Private Garden

1995

Piaf

Gems

Brian Lethbridge

Henry V

Shakespeare

Leon Winston

Private Garden

A Delicate Balance

Albee

Paul Gompertz

1994

A Doll's House

Ibsen

Mike Reardon

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare

Amanda Knott

Private Garden

Stags and Hens

Russell

Katie Troake

1993

What the Butler Saw

Orton

Annie Bowie

The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare

Richard Clark

Private Garden

1992

The Cherry Orchard

Chekhov

Mike Reardon

Macbeth

Shakespeare

Roger Sell

Private Garden / Totnes Castle

1991

The Dresser

Harwood

Cora Gant

The Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare

Leon Winston

Private Garden

1990

Habeas Corpus

Bennett

Isobel Goss

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare

Lesley Davies

Private Garden

The Importance of Being Earnest

Wilde

Annie Bowie

Studio One

1989

Love for Love

Congreve

Mike Reardon

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare

Brian Lethbridge

Private Garden

1988

Little Eyolf

Ibsen

Roger Sell

Richard III

Shakespeare

Leon Winston

Private Garden / Totnes Castle

1987

Oh, What a Lovely War

Littlewood

Brian Lethbridge

Measure for Measure

Shakespeare

Martin Harvey

Private Garden

The Sea

Bond

Richard Clark

Studio One

1986

Hamlet

Shakespeare

Mike Burnside

Private Garden

The House of Bernarda Alba

Lorca

Lesley Davies

Studio One

1985

The Threepenny Opera

Brecht / Weill

Roger Snell

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare

Leon Winston

Private Garden

1984

The Owl and the Pussycat Went

  to See

Wood / Ruskin

Mike Reardon

The Lady's Not For Burning

Fry

John Tallent

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare

Peter Tysoe

Private Garden

1983

Table Manners

Ayckbourn

Malcolm Ross

Studio One

Love's Labour's Lost

Shakespeare

Mike Reardon

Private Garden

1982

The Father / The Proposal

Strindberg / Chekhov

Mike Reardon

The Winter's Tale

Shakespeare

Ken Baddeley

Private Garden

Three Sisters

Chekhov

Jeff Parker

1981

Uncle Vanya

Chekhov

Mike Reardon

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare

Roger Sell

Private Garden

Lemonade in a Dirty Glass

Gribble

Peter Fishpool

1980

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare

Leon Winston

Private Garden

A Phoenix Too Frequent

Fry

Iris Allison

1979

Fallen Angels

Coward

Christina Nicholls

As You Like It

Shakespeare

Peter Tysoe

Private Garden

Loot

Orton

Vivien Plews

Kidnapped at Christmas

Hall

Pippa Ailion

Studio One

1978

The Message

Gribble

Miriam Adams

The Wife of Bath's Tale

Chaucer

Margo Wills

The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare

John Bennett

Private Garden

The Duchess of Malfi

Webster

Mike Reardon

1977

Richard II

Shakespeare

Leon Winston

Private Garden

Corinth House

Hansford Johnson

Christina Nicholls

1976

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Allen / Spark

Pat Kitto

The Tempest

Shakespeare

John Bennett

Private Garden

1975

The Women Have Their Way

Quintero

John Bennett

Journey's End

Sherriff

Peter Clapham

1974

Major Barbara

Shaw

Elaine Traylen

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare

Miriam Adams

Private Garden

The Practical Joke

Gribble

Paul Barnard

1973

The Best Job in the World

Gribble

Chris Markham

The Seagull

Chekhov

Miriam Adams

Hay Fever

Coward

John Haerem

1972

Six Characters in Search of

  an Author

Pirandello

Miriam Adams

The Family Reunion

Eliot

Colette King

Thieves' Carnival

Anouilh

Peter Clapham

1971

The Hollow Crown

Barton

Peter Clapham

Lysistrata

Aristophanes

Nicholas Arnold

Hamlet

Shakespeare

Miriam Adams

Hotel Paradiso

Feydeau

Peter Clapham

1970

Volpone

Jonson

Brian May

Cider Press

The Teahouse of the August Moon

Patrick

Peter Clapham

Little Boxes

Bowen

Nicholas Arnold

1969

The American

van Volkenborg

Dennis Brown

A Man For All Seasons

Bolt

Miriam Adams

1968

A Scent of Flowers

Saunders

Miriam Adams

Everything in the Garden

Cooper

Chris Warner

The Trial

Gide-Barrault

Brian May

Cider Press

1967

East Lynne

Wood

Peter Clapham

Three Sisters

Chekhov

Miriam Adams

1966

Lady Windermere's Fan

Wilde

Peter Clapham

Rashomon

Kanin

Richard Gill

The American Dream

Albee

Dennis Brown

A Resounding Tinkle

Simpson

Dennis Brown

St Joan

Shaw

Miriam Adams

Great Hall

The Birthday Party

Pinter

Richard Gill

1964

Richard II

Shakespeare

Miriam Adams

The Provok'd Wife

Vanbrugh

Peter Clapham

1963

The Matchmaker

Wilder

Mair Staniland

The Fireraisers

Frisch

Mair Staniland

1962

Under Milk Wood

Thomas

Mair Staniland

The Tradegy of Man

Masefield

Ian Kelway

1961

A Penny for a Song

Whiting

Mair Staniland

Epitaph for George Dillon

Osborne

Mair Staniland

Roots

Wesker

Mair Staniland

1960

The Winter's Tale

Shakespeare

Mair Staniland

Sacrifice to the Wind

Obey / Whiting

Miriam Adams

The Lesson

Ionesco

Miriam Adams

1959

Tha Mad Woman of Chaillot

Giraudoux

Mair Staniland

Captain Carvallo

Cannan

Mair Staniland

Mother Courage

Brecht

Mair Staniland

1958

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare

Miriam Adams

The Family Reunion

Eliot

Mair Staniland

1957

Susannah and the Elders

Bridie

Mair Staniland

The Crucible

Miller

Mair Staniland

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare

Miriam Adams

Colombe

Anouilh

Mair Staniland

1956

The Master Builder

Ibsen

Miriam Adams

Dr. Knock

Romains

Miriam Adams

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare

Miriam Adams

1955

Six Characters in Search of

  an Author

Pirandello

Miriam Adams

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare

Miriam Adams

1954

The Moon in the Yellow River

Johnston

Miriam Adams

1953

The Skin of Our Teeth

Wilder

Miriam Adams

Ring Round The Moon

Anouilh

Miriam Adams

1952

The Cherry Orchard

Chekhov

Miriam Adams

The Importance of Being Earnest

Wilde

Miriam Adams

Mandragola

Machiavelli

Noel Iliff

Antigone

Anouilh

Miriam Adams

1951

The Relapse

Vanbrugh

Wilfred Walter & Miriam Adams

War Criminal

Calvo-Sotelo

Wilfred Walter

1950

Fanny's First Play

Shaw

Wilfred Walter & Miriam Adams

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare

Wilfred Walter & Miriam Adams

The Workhorse Ward /
The Women Have Their Way

Gregory / Quintero

Wilfred Walter & Miriam Adams

The Tinker's Wedding / Pray Be
 Seated / The Travelling Man

Synge / Walter / Gregory

Wilfred Walter & Miriam Adams

1949

The House of Bernada Alba

Lorca

Leonard Bennett

My Heart's in the Highlands

Saroyan

Alan Schneider

The Unknown Warrior

Raynal

Sidney Malin

The Forrigan Reel

Bridie

Douglas Donald

1948

Noah

Obey

Kay Starr & Leonard Bennett

Medea

Euripides

Leonard Bennett

You Never Can Tell

Shaw

Leonard Bennett


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